Each year, the Bangladesh Physiotherapy Association (BPA) observes World Physical Therapy Day on 8th September, along with other member organisations of WCPT across the globe.
This year, with participation of 500 physiotherapists and students, a central rally was held in the capital city of Dhaka. The rally started at the Martyr Monument at the University of Dhaka and ended at the national press club of Bangladesh.
In addition, the BPA and Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP) jointly organised a seminar to mark the day. Two key notes paper presentatiosn on the history of World Physical Therapy Day and Physiotherapy in health care services in Bangladesh, highlighted the valuable contribution of physiotherapists in the field of health and rehabilitation.
Additionally, Divisional committee of BPA also organised a rally and discussion programme in their respective territory to raise awareness of physiotherapy among the general population. It also noted that all general members of the association on World Physical Therapy Day provided free health and rehabilitation services.
All physiotherapy institutes in Bangladesh, including Bangladesh Health Professions Institute, Gono Bishwabidyalay, Institute of Health Technology (IHT) Dhaka, Institute of Health Technology (IHT) Rajshahi, National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopedic Rehabilitation, SAIC Institute of Health Technology, State College of Health Sciences, also organised different programmes (rallies, seminars, awareness programmes etc.)
By the influences of BPA different TV Channels, daily newspapers and radio stations broadcast physiotherapy related programmes and news reports.
BPA also published posters, banners and other awareness raising materials as part of an initiative of a project “towards global health; strengthening rehabilitation sector through civil society”